When: Fri., Jan. 20, 8 p.m. 2012
"Here's to men: Bless their clean-cut faces and dirty little minds!" In 1959, it was darn shocking to see a film about women engaged in such godless activities as career ambition and having relations before marriage. And just as Peyton Place made small towns seem all skeevy, The Best of Everything showed audiences what was going on in the big city.
Based on Rona Jaffe's best seller, the film features such actresses as Hope Lange, Diane Baker and Joan Crawford (and future movie mega-producer Robert Evans among the men) in a tale filled with unplanned pregnancy, suicide and the cutthroat world of publishing, which seemed a mite more glamorous back then. "This is the story of the female jungle ... of the girls who didn't marry at 20, and the men who wanted them—but not as wives!" extolled the original trailer. Oh, the scandal!
On a weird note, this was adapted into a short-lived daytime soap opera in 1970 written by future Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton. A lovely print from the Fox archives will take you back to a world madder than Mad Men and possibly an early inspiration for Sex and the City. Independent contributor Laura Boyes programs this series. —Zack Smith
Price: $5 ($3.50 for members)